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1999 Toyota Tacoma - A Cold Drink And A Taco

Keeping Things Simple

John Mata Jr.
Mar 1, 2009
Photographers: Brandan Gillogly
Photo 2/7   |   1999 Toyota Tacoma right Side Angle
Building a feature truck can be a somewhat daunting endeavor to stare in the face, but at the same time, the experience can be filled with good times, great memories, and even better booze. Malcom's '99 Toyota Tacoma has survived a few catastrophic incidences, such as its bed falling clear off the sawhorses that were supporting it-what a crash that must have made! At one point, the truck even caught fire-sparks, flames, smoke and all! If that wasn't enough, a four-link bar snapped just before our cameras started to, while it was en route to our photo location. Through all the truck's trials and tribulations, Malcom maintained a positive attitude and optimism about his truck's future. Hey, life is good. Why not enjoy an ice cool brew while enjoying a previously fire roasted Taco?
Photo 3/7   |   1999 Toyota Tacoma left Rear Angle
Malcom began his project by first working on the Tacoma's suspension setup. The frame received an AIM 2-inch spindle relocator kit and Firestone 2500 pound 'bags up front and a cantilever four-link setup in the rear. Malcom rolled up his sleeves, as did his friend Shawn Annas as they handled all the chassis work themselves. The duo even conducted a 31/2-inch body drop in order to formally introduce the Tacoma to the pavement. Toxic shocks have been bolted onto each corner for great bump absorption and better overall ride quality. Selecting a fitting set of wheels is probably the most crucial aspect while creating a downright excellent exterior. Malcom didn't drop the ball in this category as he hand selected a set of 18-inch D.I.P rollers, which feature a cool machined lip and black spokes and centers that offset the light paintjob nicely. Nankang 205/35R18 tires have been given the duty of covering the two-tone wheels.
With the chassis well taken care of, it was about that time to take a look at the truck's body to create a plan of modification action. As you can tell, the '99 Taco was updated with an '01 front clip and pair of taillights, which have remained stock. The turn signals, hood squirters, antenna, third brake light, and door handles have all been shaved and a 36x36-inch ragtop has been added to let lots of sunshine and fresh air into the cab. A set of motorcycle mirrors keep the exterior looking sharp while still providing ample road vision. A few clean layers of Honda silver and Chevrolet bright white hues have been laid atop the Toyota metal-definitely a sanitary mixture of colors. Malcom, again, took matters into his own hands and wielded the spray gun-not a bad shot!
Photo 7/7   |   Suede and silver paint make for a clean, streamlined interior space.
Inside the Tacoma's cab, there aren't a whole lot of in-your-face color schemes or flashy bells and whistles, and there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, keeping things simple and tidy is always a safe bet. The dash has received a slick 'glass and paintjob and the black suede-covered seats, headliner, and door panels add a nice, classic touch to the interior. A to Z Upholstery in Hudson, North Carolina, and the Taco's proud owner are responsible for the interior spray and stitching-hats off to them for completing a fantastic feat of neat. A Pioneer head unit and Infinity 61/2-inch speakers have been employed to fill the cab with tunes.
It's always great to see the actual owner of a feature truck getting down and dirty while preparing their truck for the limelight. Now even though it takes a team of capable individuals to pull off a successful build, there are very important behind-the-scene players that deserve recognition as well. Malcom would like to thank his wife, Chancey, for putting up with his truck habit and a special thank you goes out to Malcom's supportive grandparents. Malcom would also like to extend his appreciation to Jason Cable AKA Ball Valve, Shawn Annas, Zach Hatton, and Nancy and Eddie Perry. Congratulations on the finished project Malcom. Skip the champagne toast and twist the top off another chilled bottle of barley soda instead.



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